More than just craft beer. Good times & great food
The Pourhouse is steeped in local history. Built in 1865, originally known as Tooths Exchange Hotel, this watering hole has had a colourful history. A fire ripped through the building in the 30s leading to a complete rebuild that finished in 1941, which explains the art deco interiors. Others may know the building as an antique store or perhaps a pub, with the last beers being poured back in the 90s. Now though it's one of Maitland's best craft beer and gastropubs.
Originally known for its craft beer credentials. After a recent visit to the Pourhouse it's clear that this pub has matured into much more than that. With delicious food from the restaurant, live music every weekend and an adventurous (and delicious), cocktail list in the front bar; the Pourhouse has something for everyone.
Benn, the bar manager, interior designer and cocktail extraordinaire makes us feel at home with a couple of his signature cocktails. The Blanchett: Hunter Distillery Gin, elderflower, pot pourri syrup and grapefruit bitters; Cherry Bomb: Amaretto, Chambord, sour cherries, topped with sparkling wine. They were both amazing!
Back to the craft beers. With 10 taps, these guys rotate their beers and ciders regularly whilst sticking to fully independent breweries. There's usually one local beer, one international and one really out there brew. Which today is the Pop Ale Spider from Hairyman Brewery; it tastes just like creaming soda (but alcoholic). They even were recognised in 2016 as one of the top 15 regional craft beer venues in Australia.
Now with a takeaway licence, you can get a growler or squealer (half the size) of your fave craft beer to enjoy at home. Yum!
Now for my favourite part the food! Megan in the kitchen has created a diverse menu with a distinctly Texas, Southern USA BBQ theme to it. There's heaps of light, tapas style, share plate options including our fave the jalapeno poppers stuffed with ricotta, BBQ Bourbon ribs or wings. For mains, there are some cheekily named burgers, including a burger special of the week. As well as pub grub favourites like chicken schnitzels, ribs and steaks. The serves are generous and super tasty.
There's also plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options to pick from for tapas and mains.
Out the back behind the restaurant is the oh so sophisticated cocktail lounge. Perfect for winter with the fire going, dim lighting and seclusion away from the rest of the pub. Ideal for cocktail sipping with the girls.
If you love your craft beer, a cocktail and pub food in a friendly relaxed environment, then The Pourhouse is a must stop for you.